Miedema salvages point for Arsenal at Juventus

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Vivianne Miedema playing JuventusVivianne Miedema has scored three goals in all competitions this season

Vivianne Miedema's goal helped Arsenal to a comeback draw at Juventus in their Women's Champions League group game.

It was the Dutch forward's first goal in seven matches.

Lineth Beerensteyn had opened the scoring for Juventus with an explosive run on the counter-attack before slotting past visiting goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

But Miedema's 61st-minute header from Frida Maanum's corner salvaged a point for the injury-hit Gunners.

Arsenal now have seven points at the top of Group C, while Juventus are second with five and Lyon, who beat Zurich 3-0 earlier on Thursday, are third with four points.

Manchester United ended Arsenal's 14-game winning run in the WSL with their dramatic injury-time victory at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, but Jonas Eidevall's side did not seem to be lacking in confidence at the Allianz Stadium.

They dominated first-half proceedings and Stina Blackstenius twice went agonisingly close to an opener, firing over from Maanum's slotted pass before latching on to another cross from the Norway midfielder but smacking it straight at Juventus goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

Juventus' only notable chance of the opening 45 minutes came on the stroke of half-time, but Arianna Caruso's powerful header from Barbara Bonansea's cross lacked direction.

For all Arsenal's chances, Beerensteyn's penetrating run in the 52nd minute was enough to break the deadlock and, although Miedema's leveller came just nine minutes later, Arsenal failed to find a moment of magic to claim the spoils.

Caitlin Foord twice came close, but Peyraud-Magnin denied her former club as she palmed away the first attempt and closed down the Australian forward to smother the second.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Juventus Femminile

Formation 4-2-3-1

16Peyraud-Magnin71Lenzini23Salvai8Rosucci13Boattin2PedersenBooked at 48mins15Grosso11BonanseaSubstituted forCantoreat 82'minutes21CarusoSubstituted forBonfantiniat 82'minutes18BeerensteynBooked at 84minsSubstituted forDuljanat 90+5'minutes10Girelli

Substitutes

1Aprile3Gama7Cernoia9Cantore12Lundorf19Zamanian22Bonfantini24Arcangeli27Schatzer32Sembrant33Duljan38Forcinella

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

1Zinsberger26WienroitherSubstituted forMaritzat 80'minutes3Wubben-Moy7Catley15McCabe12Maanum8NobbsSubstituted forBeattieat 65'minutes13WältiBooked at 90mins25BlacksteniusBooked at 63mins11Miedema19Foord

Substitutes

5Beattie16Maritz18Marckese23Iwabuchi40Williams59Agyemang62Reid

Referee:Iuliana Elena Demetrescu

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus Femminile 1, Arsenal Women 1.

Second Half ends, Juventus Femminile 1, Arsenal Women 1.

Attempt missed. Frida Maanum (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

Substitution, Juventus Femminile. Evelina Duljan replaces Lineth Beerensteyn.

Attempt blocked. Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus Femminile) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiana Girelli.

Foul by Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women).

Sofia Cantore (Juventus Femminile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Juventus Femminile. Sofia Cantore tries a through ball, but Lineth Beerensteyn is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Katie McCabe.

Foul by Stephanie-Elise Catley (Arsenal Women).

Sofia Cantore (Juventus Femminile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lia Wälti.

Stephanie-Elise Catley (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus Femminile).

Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martina Lenzini (Juventus Femminile).

Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus Femminile) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus Femminile).

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